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Patterson, A. (2014). The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts by Daniel Pick Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012; 368 pp; £18.99. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(6):1360-1366.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(6):1360-1366

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts by Daniel Pick Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012; 368 pp; £18.99

Review by:
Anne Patterson

In The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind, Daniel Pick, historian and psychoanalyst, describes the role of psychoanalysis and psychiatry in the Allied fight against Nazism surrounding World War II and its legacy in the post-war world. It is a historical analysis of a particular epoch, researched in great detail and not particularly aimed at a psychoanalytic readership, which nevertheless charts the history of the psychoanalytic movement and of applied psychoanalysis and psychiatry in Britain and the United States. Throughout the book, both the importance and the seduction of applied psychoanalysis are presented by the author, making it highly relevant to any analyst today, particularly those who may be tempted to take analytic thinking beyond the consulting room.

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